SAVED!

PUBLISHED: 01:01 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH fire station has scored a victory and survived proposed cuts to front-line services. A source within the fire service has exclusively revealed Chief Fire Officer Paul Young will recommend to the fire authority that Exmouth keeps its current 24-h

EXMOUTH fire station has scored a victory - and survived proposed cuts to front-line services.A source within the fire service has exclusively revealed Chief Fire Officer Paul Young will recommend to the fire authority that Exmouth keeps its current 24-hour fire cover.Mr Young's recommendation means Exmouth's 19 full-time firefighters' jobs are safe and the town's fire cover will not be downgraded.The chief fire officer's recommendation was leaked to the Journal ahead of today's official release by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. At the time of going to press, no further details were available about Exmouth's reprieve. The unnamed senior management source said Exmouth was 'safe' and had 'nothing to worry about'."The chief is recommending to the fire authority on February 15 that Exmouth is not touched," the Journal was told.Exmouth firefighter and crew commander Giles White, who was instrumental in organising a weekly petition in the Magnolia Centre, said: "I am absolutely delighted. "I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the crews of Exmouth, to thank the people of the town for supporting our campaign - and also the Journal for giving us 110 per cent support."There's no doubt the petition and the Journal campaign has helped save Exmouth fire station from becoming day-manned."Group commander for Exmouth Mike White said the chief fire officer and the senior management team would have looked at all the proposals on the table before recommending Exmouth's full-time fire cover should be saved."Morale at Exmouth fire station has been low, but the firefighters pulled together to raise public awareness and support to save the station," said Mr White. "There was a very real possibility Exmouth could have been downgraded and crew took it very seriously. They will be delighted by the news, but obviously concerned about any other cuts made in the fire service."The fire authority has to plug a £900,000 shortfall in Government funding and has been considering various options to make major savings.

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